People in the Lab


Current Graduate Students

Marika Dobos

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Movement, mortality, and habitat use of westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork Clearwater River watershed

Undergraduate education: Eastern Oregon University (B.S. Biology, 2007)

Research interests: I am interested in answering questions that influence management and conservation of native fishes. My research focuses on investigating the status of Westslope Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi in the South Fork Clearwater River basin of Idaho. Radio telemetry and underwater observations are being used to describe seasonal movement patterns, habitat selection, and factors limiting Westslope Cutthroat Trout. I am also investigating detectability of underwater observation techniques for estimating density.

Email: dobo6458@vandals.uidaho.edu

Zach Klein

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Population ecology of burbot in the Green River drainage

Undergraduate education: Eckerd College (B.S. Biology, 2008)

Research interests: My project is investigating the population ecology of Burbot Lota lota in the Green River drainage, Wyoming. More specifically, I plan to evaluate sampling techniques while also assessing age structure, diet, and distribution of Burbot in the Green River. In the future, I hope to earn a PhD and pursue research that has direct applications to management of fishes as well as broadens our understanding of aquatic ecology.

Email: klei7686@vandals.uidaho.edu

Elizabeth Ng

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Population dynamics of lake trout in Priest Lake, Idaho

Undergraduate education: Pamona College (B.A. Biology, 2010)

Research interests: I am interested in contributing to science-based fishery management by expanding our understanding of aquatic ecology. My current research is focused on the population dynamics and trophic ecology of nonnative lake in Priest Lake, Idaho. My goal is to use mark-recapture techniques, population models, and stable isotope analysis to help evaluate management alternatives.

Email: ng1262@vandals.uidaho.edu

John Walrath

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Population structure, dynamics, and food habits of northern pike and smallmouth bass in Lake Coeur d'Alene: potential effects on adfluvial cutthroat trout and management alternatives

Undergraduate education: University of Nebraska (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, 2010)

Research interests: My primary area of interest is in the management of lotic and lentic systems to maximize productivity and angler satisfaction. Currently, my focus is on determining management alternatives for northern pike and smallmouth bass populations within the context of adfluvial westslope cutthroat trout conservation efforts and sport fish angling opportunities.

Email: walr7955@vandals.uidaho.edu

Christopher Smith

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Techniques and designs for evaluating juvenile burbot in the Kootenai River system

Undergraduate education: Iowa State University (B.S. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 2011)

Research interests: I am interested in answering research questions associated with the management sport fishes and the conservation of imperiled fishes in a variety of systems. More specifically, I am interested in addressing specific management questions that will improve current management practices. As part of my research at the University of Idaho, I am determining the most effective sampling techniques for juvenile burbot in large non-wadeable river systems. In addition to my primary research objective, I am also interested in investigating the role habitat variables have on gear efficacy and detectability of juvenile burbot in the system.

Email: smit8051@vandals.uidaho.edu

Steven Whitlock

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Spawning ecology and effects of water level management on kokanee recruitment in Lake Pend Oreille

Undergraduate education: Northland College (B.S. Biology, 2010)

Research interests: My goal as a researcher is to use a wide variety of techniques to broaden knowledge of freshwater fish ecology, while addressing relevant management questions. I am particularly interested in disentangling the complexities of large natural lakes because of their long histories, host of dynamic processes, and assortment of locally-adapted and non-indigenous species. My current research is focused on the evaluating the influence of habitat variables, at multiple scales, on the incubation success of shoreline spawning kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille, and on describing the population dynamics and genetic structure of spatially- and temporally-segregated breeding groups of kokanee in the lake. My additional research activities include evaluating fish population assessment metrics using bootstrapping and sensitivity analysis, measuring the effects groundwater seepage on shoreline egg survival, and using population models to evaluate the effect of biotic and abiotic factors on kokanee recruitment and mortality in Lake Pend Oreille.

Email: whit4614@vandals.uidaho.edu

Carson Watkins

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Fish assemblage and population responses to habitat restoration of side channels in the Kootenai River

Undergraduate education: University of Wyoming (B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management, 2011)

Research interests: My main research interests are within the realm of applied fish ecology. I am particularly interested in the conservation of native non-game fishes and management of recreational sport fisheries. My current research is focused on evaluating the response of fishes to large-scale habitat restoration in the Kootenai River. The goals of my research are to determine community- and population-level structure, function, and variation among side channels of the Kootenai River and to evaluate specific habitat associations. An additional objective of my project is to develop and evaluate sampling designs for monitoring the effects of restoration activities on fishes in side channels.

Email: watk0291@vandals.uidaho.edu


Former Graduate Students

Josh McCormick

Undergraduate education: The Pennsylvania State University (B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2003)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2012)

Thesis title: Assessment of angler survey methods for managing Idaho's anadromous fisheries: angler survey design and the role of social desirability bias

Current position: Fisheries Biometrician, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Email: joshua.l.mccormick@state.or.us

Jesse Fischer

Undergraduate education: University of Nebraska (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, 2004)

Graduate education: Kansas State University (M.S. Biology, 2007); Iowa State University (Ph.D. Fisheries Biology, 2012

Dissertation title: Benchmarks of biological integrity for lake restoration success: fish assemblage composition and population dynamics in Iowa lakes and impoundments

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, North Carolina State Univesity

Email: jessefischer@gmail.com

Tim Parks

Undergraduate education: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.S. Fisheries and Water Resources, 2008)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2012)

Thesis title: Fish species of greatest conservation need in Iowa's nonwadeable rivers: Distribution, relative abundance, and influences from potential movement barriers

Current position: Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Email: Timothy.Parks@wisconsin.gov

Bryan Bakevich

Undergraduate education: University of Montana (B.S. Wildlife Biology-Aquatic option, 2009)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2012)

Thesis title: Occurrence and abundance of Topeka shiners and phenology of fish assemblages in off-channel habitats of streams in central Iowa

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Email: Bryan.Bakevich@state.nm.us

Maria Dzul

Undergraduate education: University of Michigan (B.S. Biology, 2007)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Wildlife Biology, 2012)

Thesis title: Population ecology and monitoring of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish

Current position: Fisheries Technician, U.S. Geological Survey-Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

Email: mariadzul@gmail.com

Tony Sindt

Undergraduate education: Minnesota State University-Mankato (B.S. Ecology 2008)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2011)

Thesis title: Iowa stream fish species of greatest conservation need: using Iowa GAP products to refine prioritization and guide assessment

Current position: Fisheries Research Biologist, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Email: Anthony.Sindt@dnr.state.oh.us

Travis Neebling

Undergraduate education: Northland College (B.S. Natural Resources - Wildlife and Fish Ecology, dual-major Biology 2006)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2009)

Thesis title: Fish assemblages in Iowa's non-wadeable rivers: relationships with habitat and sampling methods

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Email: Travis.Neebling@wyo.gov

Jeff Koch

Undergraduate education: University of Nebraska (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, 2003)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2008)

Thesis title: Effects of commercial harvest on shovelnose sturgeon populations in the upper Mississippi River

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Email: jeff.koch@wp.state.ks.us

Zac Jackson

Undergraduate education: North Dakota State University (B.S. Natural Resources Management, B.S. Zoology, 2003)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2007)

Thesis title: Assessment of the interrelationships between fish population dynamics and limnological characteristics of Iowa lakes

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Email: Zachary_Jackson@fws.gov